An up-close look at one of Japan’s five Ryuseito swords, forged from meteorites: A look at the forging and subsequent history of these “comet swords”. One of the five blades is missing, which sounds like great fodder for one of my Weird Pulp campaign.
Star Trek: Picard Timeline Updated and Explained: How Hugh, Data, and Seven of Nine Fit In: I’m looking forward to the upcoming Picard series, which finally returns Star Trek to the Prime universe. This Tor.com post looks at the future history of Trek and how it leads into the new series.
Eberron: Rising From The Last War Coming – November 2019: I love the fusion of noir, magic, and technology in Eberron. My gaming group doesn’t feel the same, but that won’t stop me from buying this new 5th Edition iteration of the campaign world.
Toward a Theory of the New Weird An essay on a new kind of weird, in which the strangeness comes from within, rather than from outside.
Can Three Words Turn Anxiety Into Success? Anxious about something big? Instead of telling yourself to relax, try saying “Get Amped and Don’t Screw Up.”
Sea Monster Shower Curtain: Here there be monsters! I’d love to get this (my family, however, is less appreciative)
An In-depth Commentary On The Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Manual of the Planes By Jeff Grubb: Swords and Stitchery looks at a classic Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook from 1987.
The elephant as a person: A rumination on the intelligence of elephants and providing them with the cognitive scaffolding they need to achieve personhood. As a fan of David Brin’s Uplift series, I found this a fascinating read.
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Cover art from 1987’s Manual of the Planes. Credit: TSR/Wizards of the Coast